Shabbat Parashat Emor| 5763
Emor | | 1/13/2002
We find, in our parasha, the pasuk: “Should a kohen’s daughter desecrate herself (teicheil) through illicit relations, she thereby desecrates her father…” (Vayikra 21:9). The word “teicheil” can be connected to two verbs: "L'hatchil" (to begin) or "l'challel"(to desecrate), as we translated. Although the Ibn Ezra (ad loc.) cites those who understand our pasukaccording to the former explanation, he prefers the latter one of desecrating or profaning.
A ketuba is a serious document, which should be written carefully to assure its validity and preciseness. However, we are not nearly as careful about the spelling of names and places as we are by a get, where mistakes could raise questions about the status of the entire divorce. By a ketuba, its viability in beit din is the main issue.
There is a machloket among the Tanaim whether the kedusha shniya, the sanctification of Eretz Yisrael at the time of Ezra, ended with or survived the destruction of the second Beit Hamikdash (Arachin 32b). R. Yossi, who says that kedusha shniya is permanent, learns from “…which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess” (Devarim 30:5), that the two historic possessions of the Land of halachic impact are the only ones which will occur. Therefore, the second one must be permanent.
This edition of Hemdat Yamim is
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).